Carlsbad’s own action eyewear company Spy is holding its infamous annual Spy Belgian Waffle Ride and Fitness Expo on Saturday and Sunday April 25-26, 2015 all centered around San Marco’s Lost Abby Brewery.
The ride itself takes place on Sunday, April 26th and once again, it will be surrounded a two-day bicycle and fitness expo, kicking off at The Lost Abbey brewery in San Marcos, CA, which is also where the start of the race will be. . . Now in its fourth year, the SPY BWR is a grueling 229-kilometer, multi-terrain cycling race that began as a tribute to the beautiful and taxing rides staged in Belgium each spring. The course includes 11,000 feet of arduous climbing through the unrelenting hills of San Diego County and includes a relentless barrage of mud, dirt, single-track and water crossings. . . The Expo will include multiple food trucks from Gear Grinder Grill as well as more than 30 performance and sports related exhibitors.. . More than $10,000 in prizes will be raffled off, including bikes from Giant, Felt, Masi, Haro, as well as prize packs from lululemon. . . The family friendly festivities will also include an astro jump and bouncy house for children in attendance.
If you like bikes (and/or beer) then the Spy Belgian Waffle weekend is just for you. For more info, please click the link.
Join Peter Gach for a three part lecture series – “Musical Insights.” Drawing on his lifetime of involvement in music and his 30+ years of teaching experience, Gach will explore the hidden aspects of the musical experience. The lectures are designed for all levels of listeners, and will look at music in new and unique ways. Each lecture will be illustrated by performances drawing from Gach’s vast repertoire.
Part 1: What is Music? (Thursday, April 16 @ 7:00 PM)
Part 2: Back to the Beat (Thursday, May 21 @ 7:00 PM)
Part 3: Sound and Sculpture (Thursday, June 18 @ 7:00 PM)
For those who don’t know Peter Gach is a pianist of wide-ranging musical interests. His repertoire extends from the complete Well-Tempered Clavier, Vol. II of JS Bach, to contemporary works written especially for him. He is also the Professor Emeritus and former Chairperson of the Performing Arts Department at Palomar College.
Elementary and middle school kids (ages 5 – 14) who love to dance, or aspire to try out for dance or cheer squads in the future, are invited to brush up on their dance skills this summer with the Carlsbad High School Varsity Dance Team. The Champion Lancer Dancers will be holding a Junior Lancer Dancer summer camp from Aug. 4 through 7 at Carlsbad High School from 9 a.m. to noon each day.
The summer camp is open to beginners, intermediate and advanced dancers for a donation of $125 per child (includes a free T-shirt and photo). Participating dancers will learn new dance routines, have a performance opportunity, gain self-confidence and begin to develop a championship attitude by having the Lancer Dancers as role models.
Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding’s provocative, dystopian novel shocked and challenged audiences in 1954, and it’s lost little of its edginess in the decades since. LORD OF THE FLIES finds a group of school boys — the only survivors of a plane crash on a remote island — splitting into two factions in a fight for control of their new environment that rapidly descends into madness. Adapted for the Stage by Nigel Williams and Directed by Justin Lang.
Opening night was April 11, 2015 but the show runs through May 3, 2015. If you see one play this year at the New Village Arts Theatre, make it this one. For more info, and to buy tickets, please click the link.
Join Happy Hour Politics on Wednesday, April 22nd, to hear Juliet Cunningham speak about her life and struggles as an Assyrian Christian in Iraq. Juliet was the first in her family to escape from Iraq in 1979 and was able to help all of her 13 siblings do the same! It’s a story you don’t want to miss!
Juliet will also speak to the current situation in her home country, and how devastating the terrorists and ISIS conquests have been to Iraq, known as the cradle of Christianity. . . Juliet’s relatives escaped Syria in 1915 when Christians were purged by the Ottoman Empire. The family settled in Iraq. Juliet was born in Kirkuk, Iraq, and graduated from the University of Baghdad with a degree in Petroleum and Mining Engineering.
Enjoy pirate themed pool activities and games during the City of Carlsbad’s first Pirate Plunge event at Alga Norte Aquatic Center on Saturday, April 18, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Come dressed in a swimsuit and enjoy the fun, swashbuckling activities which include diving for treasure, cannonball crush, fishing for skulls, ship raider race and more. . . As the sun goes down, finish the night off with a special presentation of the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean” on the giant outdoor movie screen. Movie is rated PG-13. . . “This event is fun for everyone,” says Rachael Shay, special events director for the City of Carlsbad. “With the heated pool, it is a perfect event to hold here in Southern California in April, and guests of all ages will enjoy swimming, games and the movie.”
Carlsbad High School Lancer Dancers: (Back Row, left to right) Nicole Mendrala, Tiffany Smith, Sherrie Yasukochi, Piper Cervantes, Sophie DiPietro, Gigi Behun, Haley Crump, Lindsay Foster; (front row: Deviane Von Kaenel,Taylor Ginn, Ellie Meck, Rachel Whitehead.
Carlsbad High School’s varsity Lancer Dancers just took second place at the 2015 United Spirit Association’s (USA) national dance competition in the jazz category.
“To make another run at a National Title required some extra effort this year,” said Carlsbad Dance Boosters president, Michelle Ginn. “A back-injury sidelined one of our dancers just days before the competition, and the coach and girls had to make some late adjustments to the routine’s intricate choreography. So we’re extremely proud of the team for their well earned runner-up finish,” Ginn added.
We roll through Carlsbad’s northernmost roundabout often. Rarely have we made it through without someone completely botching the flow of traffic with their lack of roundabout understanding. Sure, it’s a European invention that requires a bit of bravery, commitment, and skill, but that shouldn’t stop any of us from mastering the simple skills required.
There is only one rule of roundabouts:
1. The vehicle in the roundabout has the right-of-way.
There. That’s it. That means if you’re rolling up to the roundabout you wait until it is safe to enter. Then once in the roundabout you drive smoothly and safely to the exit of your choice without slowing or stopping. Using your right blinker to let someone know you’re about to exit the roundabout (rather than continuing on) can be helpful at times. But never, ever, stop in the roundabout unless traffic is backedup or you’re avoiding an accident (as we did today) with someone who still doesn’t have a handle on rule number one.
Ever wondered what’s behind those massive berms on the North side of Palomar Airport Road just northeast of the Carlsbad Costco parking lot? Well, it’s a theme park called Legoland and thanks to exorbitantly expensive tickets few of us have ever seen what’s behind those berms up close and personal.
But do not fear! Our time in the dark is nearly over. The Carlsbad Education Foundation has a solution. Together with Legoland they are presenting the annual Celebrate Carlsbad Day on April 25, 2015. On that day (beginning at 1 PM and not when the park opens) park guests (who purchase tickets ahead of time) will be able to explore Legoland for the much more realistic price of $25 per person.
LEGOLAND will donate a portion of the event proceeds to the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) to support district-wide science initiatives for students at all Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) Schools. LEGOLAND will also donate hundreds of free field trip admission tickets to Carlsbad students for hands-on science field trips.
Get Legoland tickets at a reasonable price and help Carlsbad Schools at the same time? That’s a win-win for everyone. For all the official details (including exactly how and where you can buy these properly priced tickets) please follow the jump, or click here to purchase your tickets online. [click to continue…]
Pacific Coast Hoops players receive pointers from former NBA coach Randy Pfund.
Pacific Coast Hoops youth basketball program had the pleasure of welcoming Randy Pfund to the gymnasium at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad’s Bressi Ranch Clubhouse on March 11.
Randy Pfund is a former NBA head coach and executive. He joined the league in 1985 as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers under Pat Riley and Mike Dunleavy, and was the team’s head coach during the 1992–93 and 1993–94 seasons. More recently, Mr. Pfund was the General Manager for the Miami Heat and was responsible for bringing Dwayne Wade to the franchise in 2003. . . .Coach Pfund spent two hours with the PCH players and coaches, sharing his wealth of experience having worked with some of the best players in the history of basketball …. Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul‐Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, James Worthy, Dwayne Wade, etc.
No better way to get better, than having a great coach. For more for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]